Since about 9/10 months old, Mini R has been able to get down from the sofa by turning around and sliding on his tummy, from then on it’s been obvious that he was going to be ‘typical boy’ and love climbing. He loves nothing more than an assault course made from cushions, the foot stool etc so when I heard about a Tumble Tots class that was a five minute walk from our new home and on
a Wednesday (one of my days off) it seemed the perfect group to sign my boy up to and an excuse for some Mummy/Son quality time.
Established in 1979, Tumble Tots aim is to build self confidence by helping develop the physical learning of a child, focusing on general motor skills, social awareness, self assurance and self discipline. Each week a range of equipment is set up which the children can climb on, over, under and through and they develop agility and balance. The equipment is changed fortnightly to keep the children interested and develop a range of skills and there are trained leader on certain apparatus to ensure that the children are climbing in the safest way possible.
Mini R and I have been for two trial sessions and the equipment was slightly different for both. The child are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and take their shoes and socks off before beginning the circuit. As much as there is a clear circuit which the child seem to get used to following, my little man and a few of the other newbies did their own thing which the leaders were fine with and said they would get used to following the circuit over time.
In the 45 minute session, there is free time for the children to explore the variety of activities as well as some circle time where we sing songs with actions – from a parent point of view, it’s been great to learn some new songs! I was getting a bit sick of “Wind the Bobbin Up”! They also get some smalls “props” out half way through, such as rings, beanbags, wood sticks etc.
Angela (pictured right) and her team are lovely and so good with the children, learning their names quickly (they have name stickers on their back to help but they remembered L on the second week which was really lovely). They link actions to sounds, for example, when they straddle the ladder they make a clip clop noise for a “horsey”, which helps them remember what they should do. Mini R is in his prime in these lessons and absolutely loves the freedom he has and all the different things he can do. At £6 a class, it is a little more expensive than other baby/toddler classes so I wanted to be sure it was something that my son would enjoy as well as develop his skills and Tumble Tots definitely covers both of my wishes. The quality of the sessions, equipment etc makes it completely worth the money. When you sign up to become a member, you also get a t-shirt which they wear every class giving them a sense of being part of something which I think is really sweet. You also get a drawstring bag, Action songs CD (which I’m really looking forward to getting!) and lots of other goodies.